Answers to a few commonly asked questions.
The Jr. Friars Rugby Club was founded in 2015. We are organized, funded and supported solely by volunteers and sponsors. The Jr. Friars are registered to play in the Rugby Illinois sanctioned middle school league, which consists of over 20 teams. Our U12 team has qualified for playoffs in both of its seasons, finishing 2nd in the state in Division II (2017) and 3rd (2016). Our U14 team combined with the West Suburban Barbarians to win the state championship in Div. II (2016) and 4th in Div I (2017).
For the 2018 season, we will support a U12 team and a U14 team (5-6 graders and 7-8 graders respectively).
Rugby is one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the US, and the second-most popular sport in the world behind soccer. It is a free-flowing, fast-paced game. All players can pass, catch and run with the ball, and play both defense and offense at any given time during the game. Most appealing is the fact that there's a position for everyone who wants to play—large or thin, short or tall.
For indoor practices: Gym shoes and shorts, and water bottle.
For outdoor practices: We recommend mouth guards, weather appropriate clothing, a water bottle, and cleats (football or baseball cleats, with a single front cleat, are NOT permitted. Soccer cleats are good.). Mouth guards are mandatory for games.
A full uniform is included in the registration fee.
You can register online using the links provided on this webpage.
All players will play at least one half of a game – even if they did not attend practice!
All games are played in a festival format (i.e., all teams in the league play in same location on the same day).
The nine game season begins April 2 and continue on Sunday afternoons through the first weekend in June.
Days: Tuesday and ThursdaysTime: 5:30–7:00pm Location: Fenwick Practice fields in River Forest
Coach Brendan is a USA Rugby certified level 100 coach and one of the founders of the Jr. Friars. During his playing days Brendan played scrum half and fly half for a number of clubs in Australia and the U.S. including Marist college Ashgrove, Maroochydore RFC, GPS old boys Brisbane, New Orleans RFU, and the Chicago Lions. Brendan lives in River Forest and his sons, Jack and Gus, play with the Jr. Friars. His youngest son Hugh is a future Jr. Friar.
Coach Jon is a USA Rugby certified level 100 coach and one of the founders of the Jr. Friars. Prior to that Jon was a coach with the Jr. Condors program. During his playing days Jon played for the University of Michigan (where he was a captain and Michigan collegiate select), St. Paul, Brisbane South Suburbs (Australia), Teachers-Smithfield (Australia), Washington Irish and Peoria RFC.
Jon lives in River Forest and his eldest son Gideon, plays with the Jr. Friars.
Coach Bob is a USA Rugby certified level 100 coach. During his playing days Bob played 8-man and flanker for the Midwest Thunderbirds select side, the Chicago-area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) select side, the Chicago Lions in the U.S. Super League, and with Elgin RFU.
Bob lives in Oak Park and his sons, Ethan and Vance, play with the Jr. Friars.
Coach Terry is a founder and organizer of the Jr. Friars, and spent his playing days as a center at Boston College and with several men’s clubs in his post-collegiate career.
Terry lives in River Forest and his son, Peter plays with the Jr. Friars.
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